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Hi I'm Christian

I'm a geek, Air Force brat, and missionary. I'm a brother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Ohio, but with my father serving in the US Air Force, we moved around quite a bit. We ended up in Germany for about five years, where I learned a lot of the language, and visited about ten European countries. That was a blast. Unfortunately, though, I can't remember much of it... After Germany, we moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where Dad retired from the Air Force, and lived there ever since. Before moving there, I was probably one of the most shy, held-back people someone could meet. But, after being around all the great people there, the inner-me (the outgoing, self-inflicted over-scheduling me) was really brought out, especially in the last couple years of high school. I got involved in various activities at school. Having a deep love for music, I was in concert choir, show choir, concert band, marching band, and the annual musicals. I also got involved with the drama department and try out for the plays. Lots of rehearsals, of course. Nearly every week-night, then competitions most weekends. Plus, our church has early-morning religious study classes there, so I was up around 5 am every day. And even more, I was enrolled in almost all honors course classes. Life was pretty tough sometimes! After I graduated, I prepared to go to college at Brigham Young University--Idaho, where I am currently studying Welding and Fabrication Technology, with a minor in Business. I attended for two semesters, then put that on hold in order to serve a full-time mission for two years.

Why I am a Mormon

My entire family, made up of my mom and dad, two older sisters, two older brothers, and one younger brother, was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ. However, I have my own strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I've had many spiritual experiences throughout my life, building my testimony to where it is now. I was baptized when I was eight, but had a few trying times since. I had to study the scriptures and pray about the truthfulness of them, but, eventually, I came to one final, absolute conclusion: it is true. I have no doubt in my mind of it. Not only this, but by applying the doctrines of the Church to my own life, I learn of the blessings that come from living the Gospel and keeping God's commandments. The most important of these blessings to me is my family. I hold a strong bond with my whole family, and try my best to help carry them out of the trials that they may fall into. Aside from my family, I find the greatest joy in helping others to feel happy and to spread the Spirit to everyone I come across.

How I live my faith

In addition to my very busy academic life, I am very involved in church activities. I held leadership positions in various youth groups in my church unit, and I try to make everyone's church experiences meaningful to them, while learning from them to make my own life great. It's kind of a circular effect: I help others to understand doctrine, thus my own knowledge of the doctrine expands, thus I can help others to understand the doctrine, thus... etc. Along with helping others in church, I help out my peers at school. One of my favorite things to do at school is to learn the material, study it, and teach it to others. It not only helps me learn how to study better, but it teaches me how I can be a teacher. I've always loved to teach, and my role model for doing so is none other than Jesus Christ, the greatest teacher the world has ever known. I look up to Him as my Savior and teacher and try to be like Him. I always have to remind myself that I have to learn before I can teach. This is His greatest lesson to me. I always need a spiritual boost in the morning, to make it through the day. All through high school, I started out with personal scripture study, followed almost directly by the Church's youth religious study program, which is referred to as seminary. It's a class designed for high school teenagers where they learn about the scriptures. The scheduling depends on the area, but in Omaha, we had early-morning seminary, at 6:00 am, every school day. Seminary was probably the best starter to my day. I learned about stuff in the scriptures that I never really noticed until they were taught. There's some pretty great stuff. I loved seminary for those reasons. Since I graduated, having that structure every morning has been difficult to uphold. It quickly became difficult to always set aside time to pour myself into the study of scripture, but as I disciplined myself and really got down to it, I then quickly learned of the blessings that come from being faithful.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

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For church, we dress in our traditional Sunday-best attire: the women wear dresses or skirts, while the men dress in dress shirts, ties, and sometimes full suits. We celebrate many of the same holidays as most other Christian religions. The most spiritually significant are Christmas and Easter, celebrating the birth and re-birth (resurrection) of Christ. We also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other events of the like. Along with these, we celebrate the holidays of the land we live in. For example, in the U.S., we celebrate Independence Day, Presidents Day, etc. Because my family lived in Germany for five years, we have picked up a few of their holiday traditions, especially those around Christmas. Show more Show less